Born in Verdun, France, and raised in the United States. Nicole Eisenman's paintings, sculptures, drawings, and printmaking has been exhibited widely, both in the United States and internationally. Her mainly figurative work addresses contemporary social issues such as gender and sexuality, family dynamics, and inequalities of wealth and power. In her challenging engagement with the human figure and investigation of social meaning, Eisenman has developed new conventions of figuration to address enduring themes of the human condition.
Nicole Eisenman received a B.F.A. (1987) from the Rhode Island School of Design. She was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2015. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions at such institutions as the New Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Carnegie Museum of Art, Kunsthalle Zürich, and the Ludwig Museum in Cologne, Germany. In 2014, she was the subject of a midcareer retrospective exhibition organized by the Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, and that traveled to the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego.